By Jason Spencer
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10-7 on Wednesday to authorize the use of military action against Syria.
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., was among the seven Democrats on the committee voting yes.
Kaine released the following statement after the vote:
“Today I voted for a limited authorization for the use of military force in Syria to respond to Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons to kill civilians, including more than 400 children. A failure to respond to such a blatant violation of longstanding international norms not only signals an acceptance of this atrocity, it also jeopardizes the lives of our servicemembers in combat both today and in the future. For years, countries have refrained from using chemical weapons on our servicemembers because of this international standard and for their safety, we must continue to defend this principle.
"The resolution approved by the Committee today clearly states that there will be no U.S. combat troops inside Syria, and it is limited in scope. I applaud the President’s decision to come to Congress for authorization, something that I have called for publicly since the debate over Syria began. Our nation is stronger in military matters when we act in a united fashion. Our servicemembers must be able to rely on the full support of their political leadership when asked to defend our nation. I now call on the full Senate to vote in favor of this authorization. The use of chemical weapons to kill innocent men, women, and children is intolerable and there must be a consequence.”
The news release from Kaine's office announcing the vote concludes: "In July, Kaine announced efforts to reform the 1973 War Powers Resolution in a way that lays out a clear consultative process between Congress and the President on whether and when to engage in military action. Recently, Kaine has called for the President to fully consult with Congress before initiating military action in Syria and advocated a debate on authorization of military action, before or shortly after any strike occurs."